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7stanes at Innerleithen
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7stanes at Innerleithen

Innerleithen, 'Inners' to downhillers, has a 15 year history of extreme downhill (DH) trails. Traquair forest (the actual name of the venue next to the town of Innerleithen) has long been the Number 1 DH trail centre in Scotland. There is a maze of trails at Innerleithen descending off 'The Plora' down to the town below, from ‘freeride’ trails with big jumps to root and rock fests. Innerleithen is a world-class venue for DH mountain biking, it just needs the chairlift to go with it now!

The 7stanes XC trail was built in the first phase of the project; a few years after 7stanes developments began in its sister forest, Glentress, down the road. The long XC course is a 'big up - big down' affair, reaching the summit of the Minch Moor high above the valley via some flowing singletrack climbs. The newly built shelter on top of the Minch gives you amazing 360 degree views of the Tweed, Ettrick and Yarrow valleys. Then you begin its famous descent, culminating in the infamous 'Caddon Bank' trail which flows beautifully, but only if you are confident. It really is a ‘men-from-boys’ descent and rewards confidence with a serious thrill-ride. There are few descents in Scotland to rival this experience.

There isn't much for the beginner or intermediate at Innerleithen and any budding mountain biker should treat its challenges as a goal. If you can ride Traquair forest's downhills with confidence and style, there isn't a massive amount more you can ask from your bike. Look out for big events hitting Innerleithen in coming years as the infrastructure develops to match the quality of the 7stanes trails.

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